Short and Sweet. Strike up the band. Jaws and KMl concerts are about to kick off again on June 26th with the Mike Bickers Boptet playing our restarted JAWs concert series. KML concert in August will feature the Chisnallwood School Band under the baton of Judith Bell. On a high note our very first JAWS concert of the year was a huge success with a full house enjoying the All Girl Big Band. Even had to turn people away due to health and safety numbers. What a great way to start the year. Local Musician Tom Rainey has been awarded a well earned OBE for his contribution to NZ music. One of our Club members have received a Civic Award this year: KIM BLACKMORE: For 20 years as musical director and conductor of Stedfast Brass not only arranging the performances but also giving tuition to new and less skilled members. Congratulations Kim. here is a link to his story. https://newsline.ccc.govt.nz/news/story/top-brass-performer. Christchurch music is again in the news with Duncan Ferguson of St Andrews College winning a Tui for Music Teacher of the year. Congratulations must also go to Dave Pitt the head of music at Papanui High School. His Combo and Big band won the top award at the school music awards held in Bleheim this August 2019. September meeting tonight for the committee and we now have Dale Inwood on Board. Dale has previous experience with our club and in the music business so her imput will be most helpful and appreciated. Club members can now get up to a 15% discount from the Rockshop as of today, August 21st, 2019. Discount does not apply to specials or small purchases. Other musical shops and businesses dealing in our profession have a 10% reduction on musical equipment and services. These businesses are listed on our first page slideshow. The Southern Jazzmen are back at Cashmere Club playing their sunday July 19th at 3pm. The Clubs AGM is again about to be held for 2019/2020. Now hear this! This is not fake news. Local Boy Marlon Williams has got himself a gig in a film with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The original 1976 film was, A Star is Born starring Barbara Streisand. Marlon also won album of the year at our NZ music awards for 2018. He also performed recently in the mosque tribute concert and sang " And I Love You So" in Maori. very brave and very well done. Several of our Christchurch Pop Choir are heading off overseas to perform next year at Carnegie Hall. The Folk Club is still going great guns on Sundays at the Irish Society Club hall, 29 Domain terrace. Marguerite and Barrie Clubb are still going strong with recording musical performances at their fantastic earthy Greendale ex church venue. Bruce Lemming has recently be made a life member of the musos club. Christchurchs Mr Music, Charlie Jemmett is now in full swing at the New Brighton Market on Saturdays. Charlie loves a good chat, so stop by. Now a wee reflection, some blues. Sadly in the last few years we have lost many first class local muso's to the great gig in the sky. We remember Stu Buchanan, Doug Petrie, Brian Ringrose, Mita Edwards, Peter Hanson, Trevor Latham, Jim Phillips, Dean Luke and Phil Garland. A big music supporter was Hans Schuitman who started the Flaxwood Festivals which also became a wee tribute to another local legend, Murry Wood. Our events hostess Pat had her car broken into and the clubs laptop with heaps of club info was taken. Maybe whoever did the dirty deed will want to join up. Membership to the club is now free to join.